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Mamun given 7 years in money laundering case

Dhaka, April 24 – A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman’s friend and business partner Gias Uddin Al Mamun to seven-year imprisonment and fined Tk 12 crore in a money laundering case. Mamun, who was made accused in 13 other cases, has already been convicted and sentenced to 20 years in jail in three cases, two of ... Read More »

Writ to make doctor’s prescription for antibiotics must

Dhaka, April 24 – A writ petition was filed with the High Court Wednesday seeking its directive on the authorities concerned to make mandatory a doctor’s prescription for the purchase of antibiotics from pharmacies. Barrister Sayedul Haque Suman, a Supreme Court lawyer, filed the petition with the related as public interest litigation seeking its directive to restrict the sales of ... Read More »

Stay alert against terror, militant activities: PM

Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged all to remain vigilant and instantly inform law enforcement agencies of any suspicious terror and militant activity in their respective localities. “I would like to urge the people of the country to remain alert and inform the law enforcement agencies instantly if there’s any abnormal activity,” she said ... Read More »

Govt failed to rein in market before Ramadan: BNP

Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday alleged that the government has failed to control the market ahead of Ramadan as the prices of essential commodities keep growing. “The Commerce Minister a few days back announced that the prices of essentials won’t go up. But the prices of all the commodities started growing a day after the minister’s such ... Read More »

Country under grasp of “unelected” people: BNP

Dhaka, Apr 23 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Tuesday alleged that the country is now under the grip of “unelected” people selected by Awami League. “Democracy is now locked in Awami League’s box. In parliament, all but two are selected by Awami League. Even in the recent upazila polls, 441 out of 445 chairmen are selected ... Read More »

Fire at Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar; 50 houses gutted

Cox’s Bazar, Apr 24 (UNB)- Around 50 houses were gutted as a fire broke out at Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhia upazila on Wednesday. Emdadul Haque, in-charge of Ukhia fire station, said that the fire broke out around 12:45 pm at no 5 camp and gutted around 50 houses and a mosque. On information, two fire-fighting units rushed in and ... Read More »

Sri Lanka blast victim Zayan laid to rest

Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) – Zayan Chowdhury, one of the victims of Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, was laid to rest at Banani Graveyard in the city on Wednesday evening. Earlier, a Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying the body of Zayan, 8, the grandson of Awami League leader Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around ... Read More »

Brexit or no Brexit, UK with Bangladesh: Sir Simon

Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) – The United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday reiterated that they want to have a good relationship with Bangladesh no matter what happens regarding Brexit. “Our intention, no matter what happens, is to have a good relationship with Bangladesh,” said Permanent Under Secretary (PUS) of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Simon McDonald. He came up ... Read More »

Lankan president dismisses defense secretary, police chief

Colombo, Apr 24 (AP/UNB) — Sri Lanka’s president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and the national police chief after security forces failed to act on warnings before Easter suicide bombings that killed over 350 people. President Maithripala Sirisena’s office announced that he asked for the resignations Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear who would replace them. Sirisena ... Read More »

Inter-university Champs: Gono University clinch Women’s Handball title

Dhaka – Gono University (Gono Bishwabidyalay) clinched the Women’s Handball title of the Bangabandhu Inter-University Sports Champs’ 2019 beating Islamic University by 25-14 goals in the final at the Shaheed M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium on Wednesday. Jahangirnagar University finished 3rd in the meet’s Men’s Handball defeating Daffodil University by 31-12 goals in a place-deciding match at the same ... Read More »

Dhaka Women’s Premier Cricket League kicks off Thursday

Dhaka – The 10-team Dhaka Women’s Premier Division Cricket League begins on Thursday at three venues of Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) in Savar with three matches billed for the opening day. All of the 50-over-a-side league matches will kick off at 9:30am.Abahani Limited will play Sheikh Rasel Sports Development Academy at BKSP ground-3 while Mohammedan SC will face Bangladesh ... Read More »

European youth need something to vote for beyond unsafe work

This youth generation is the first in Europe since the war to face tougher times than its predecessor. At first sight, it might appear that life for young people is becoming more comfortable. Advances in technology mean it’s easier to speak to friends, watch your favourite TV series or order a pizza. It’s true that my generation certainly has more ... Read More »

From Europe-as-project to a real political community

Continuing our Europe2025 series, Marija Bartl argues that the metaphor of Europe as a ‘project’ foregrounds market integration and forestalls the emergence of a European public sphere. In his recent, widely-circulated programme for Europe, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, affirms: ‘Europe is not just an economic market. It is a project.’ In so doing, he hopes to move the European Union beyond its current ... Read More »

Global energy consumption is up — so are emissions

NEW DELHI, Apr 22 2019 (IPS) – Our acceptance of climate change doesn’t keep pace with our energy consumption reduction. However, the latest International Energy Agency’s (IEA’S) Global Energy and CO2 Status Report for 2018has some good news. It offers where possible answers lie in our quest to mitigate climate change. This is what we should discuss. But transitions in energy use ... Read More »

Privatization promotes collusion and corruption

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 23 2019 (IPS) – At the risk of reiterating what should be obvious, the question of private or public ownership is distinct from the issue of competition or market forces. Despite the misleading claim that privatization promotes competition, it is competition policy, not privatization, that promotes competition. Privatization the problem, not the solutionInstead, privatization has typically been ... Read More »

Transparency calls wage structure for RMG workers deception

Dhaka, Apr 23 (UNB) – Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Tuesday claimed that garment workers did not get their wages raised but those were actually reduced by 26 percent in the new pay structure if the annual 5 percent increment system is taken into consideration. “Apparel owners have deceived their workers in the name of wage increment. They actually reduced ... Read More »

As Sri Lanka mourns, Islamic State claims Easter bombings

Colombo, Apr 24 (AP/UNB) — As the death toll from the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka rose to 321 on Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility and released images that purported to show the attackers, while the country’s prime minister warned that several suspects armed with explosives are still at large. Another top government official said the suicide bombings ... Read More »

UK to seek stronger ties with Bangladesh after Brexit

Dhaka, April 23 (UNB) – The United Kingdom (UK) has said it wants to have even stronger relationship with Bangladesh once they come out from the European Union (EU), noting that Bangladesh’s economy has been “growing strongly” in recent years. “Bangladesh is an important market for the UK and it’s becoming even more important,” said visiting Permanent Under-Secretary of the ... Read More »

Myanmar lawmaker: 50 believed dead in mudslide at jade mine

Naypyitaw, Apr 24 (AP/UNB) — More than 50 people are believed to have died in a mudslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar, a lawmaker representing the area said Tuesday. Tin Soe said three bodies have been recovered and 54 people remain missing after the accident Monday night in the Hpakant area of Kachin state. “The rescue process ... Read More »

WHO restructuring fails to take non-state actors on board

New Delhi, 24 April (KM Gopakumar): The recent restructuring of the World Health Organization (WHO) hierarchy fails to address conflict of interest in the implementation of the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). WHO announced its new structure on 6 March 2019 that has four pillars viz. Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Emergencies, External Relations and Governance and Business Operations. ... Read More »

Internet users soar by 11 lakh in March

The number of country’s internet users increased by 11 lakh in a single month to reach 9.31 crore in March. Which is all-time highest, according to the latest statistics of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). Mobile phone-based connection has contributed the highest with 8.73 crore users to the tally followed by WiMAX 61,000 users while ISP and PSTN have 57.31 ... Read More »

Canada oil sands CO2 emissions hugely underestimated

Canada’s oil sands CO2 emissions are significantly higher than indicated by industry data collected using internationally recommended methods, according to a study published Tuesday. Environment Canada scientists flying over the region took atmospheric measurements and found CO2 emission intensities up to 123 percent higher than current estimates. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Communications. “This leads to 64 ... Read More »

Shah Rukh Khan turns rapper, urges fans to vote

Shah Rukh Khan turns rapper, urges fans to vote Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has joined the league of Bollywood stars who have been encouraging Indians to vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. SRK on Monday shared a special video urging the citizens of the nation to exercise their ballot and choose a responsible government. Shah Rukh has lend ... Read More »

Momtaz turns rapper for music buffs

Cultural Correspondent Folk singer Momtaz turned rapper for the first time for music buffs on April 21. In a Baishakhi programme arranged in Hague, Netherlands the singer presented one of her recent hit songs. Titled ‘Local Bus,’ the song, a fusion of singing plus rap was released from Gaanchill Music in 2016. In the original song the rap lyrics writer ... Read More »

Kalank becomes the highest opener of 2019

Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s fourth outing at the box-office has created a new record. The golden pair of this generation has taken the box-office by a storm with their latest venture Kalank. The magnum opus has become the highest opener of 2019 by raking in Rs 21.6 crore nett on its first day at the box-office. Produced by Karan ... Read More »

Algeria: The long goodbye

By Rene Wadlow Street demonstrations began in Algiers on 22 February 2019 and quickly spread to other cities in Algeria. The demonstrations, often led by young people, are massive on Fridays, the chief day of rest. The first demands were that President Abdelaziz Boutefika not stand for a fifth term as president has already been president for 20 years since ... Read More »

Two Netrakona men awarded death for war crimes

Dhaka, Apr 24 – Two collaborators from Netrokona were sentenced to death for war crimes on Wednesday. The convicts are Hedayetullah Anju BSc and Shohrab Fakir. Both were collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces during the Liberation War. A three-member International Crimes Tribunal bench, headed by Justice Md Shahinur Islam, pronounced the verdict. – UNB Read More »

Two suspected drug traders killed in ‘gunfights’

Dhaka, Apr 24 –Two suspected drug traders were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with law enforcers in Dhaka and Cox’s Bazar early Wednesday. In Dhaka, a ‘drug trader’ was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Diabari in city’s Uttara area early Wednesday. Acting on tipped off, a team of Rab-1 conducted a drive in the area around ... Read More »